Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Frederik Meijer Honors College?
The Frederik Meijer Honors College is an alternative general education program for students who desire to challenge themselves academically. The focus of the college is to bridge the gaps between traditional academic disciplines and allow students a chance to see the impact each discipline has on the others.
To fulfill this goal, many of our classes are interdisciplinary and team-taught while utilizing smaller class sizes to elicit greater discussion. We understand that sometimes the moments of greatest learning are unplanned. These smaller classes, coupled with the fact that many professors hold office hours nearby, foster a deeper personal connection between students and professors. Another feature of our curriculum is an active schedule of co-curricular activities, both on campus and off.
The Frederik Meijer Honors College also includes an integrated living and learning environment promoting intellectual curiosity and an enthusiasm for learning that will live on well beyond our students' undergraduate years. The Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center offers students the opportunity to take classes in the same building in which they live. The Honors Office, Honors Director, and many professors' offices are located in the Niemeyer Learning and Living Center, giving students quick and easy access to all resources available. There are Honors housing options on the north side of campus as well in the Holton-Hooker Learning & Living Center, which offers a vibrant Honors freshman community with spacious common areas, meeting space for staff and students, and proximity to many campus facilities, including the Commons, the Marketplace, the Kindschi Hall of Science, and the Fieldhouse.
The Honors College is a resource to help students identify opportunities, make informed and reflective decisions about career goals, and to prepare both inside and outside the classroom to be competitive for the best jobs, graduate programs, professional programs, and fellowships.
Does an Honors education enhance my chances for future success?
Yes, for many reasons.
One goal of the Frederik Meijer Honors College is to enhance students' writing abilities. Throughout the Meijer Honors College, professors challenge the students to improve and enhance their writing skills, which are becoming increasingly important in today's business world and in many professions.
Students will develop their abilities in the classroom allowing them to gain more than just information. When you hone your skills as a critical thinker, creative problem-solver, and polished writer, you can take on any challenge with confidence.
Frederik Meijer Honors College faculty members will also put their experience and knowledge to work for you. That may mean helping you identify opportunities, such as scholarships, internships, and research; fielding questions about careers in our disciplines; writing substantive letters of reference that can make a difference, or even contacting a colleague at another university on your behalf.
Also, graduate program admissions committees and employers look for people who set high standards for themselves and excel; those who prefer the less traveled but more challenging route.
How many students are members of the Frederik Meijer Honors College?
There are approximately 1700 students in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.
Who is in the Frederik Meijer Honors College?
Students in the Meijer Honors College come from almost every major, and the Honors student body is 36% male and 64% female.
This sounds interesting, how do I get more information?
You can request more information by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (616) 331-3219. Are you planning a visit? If so, let us know. We will arrange for you to talk with students and faculty members. You may even want to sit in on a class.
What are the requirements to apply to the Frederik Meijer Honors College?
The normal expectation for applicants is that they have a 3.5 high school GPA and a 28 on the ACT. However, we take into account other factors such as demonstrated analytic and writing ability, outstanding academic and leadership activities, as well as academic motivation. For this reason, we require an essay (that addresses specific questions) and a paper sample. For transfer students, you must have a 3.5 GPA established at a university.
I want to apply to the Frederik Meijer Honors College. How can I?
You must apply online. Please call the office at 616-331-3219 if you have any problems with the online application.
Is there a separate Honors Orientation?
Yes. There are specific Orientation dates designated for Honors students, though attending a non-Honors date is not a problem. On the Honors specific dates an overnight orientation program is available to parents and students the night before - please see this great video about the overnight! These programs are designed to not only familiarize you with the Frederik Meijer Honors College, but also to give you the opportunity to meet other incoming freshman, current students and faculty/staff.
Do I take only Honors College courses?
No. The Honors College courses comprise the general education component of your undergraduate curriculum. Therefore, you still take courses in your major, minor, and any other courses you choose.
Do I have to take an Honors course every semester?
No. You do not have to be enrolled in an Honors course every semester to remain in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.
Are there any scholarships or internships available?
Yes. You can find a listing of scholarships here.
What happens if I happen to lose my scholarship, can I get it back?
For scholarships with grade requirements attached, your grades are checked at the end of the winter semester (in April). This means losing scholarships can only happen at the end of a full year. Scholarships can be re-awarded if you bring your grades above the requirement and petition the Financial Aid Office.
Do I need to live in Honors housing to be a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College?
No. Honors housing is optional.
How do I apply for Honors housing?
You must submit the Grand Valley general housing application, the $150 housing deposit, and designate the University Honors housing as your first choice.
So, what are the advantages to living in Honors Housing?
Whether you’re in Honors housing on the North side of campus in the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center, or on the South side in the Glenn A. Niemeyer building, residing in honors allows you to be surrounded by like-minded students while simultaneously forming a strong sense of community. Living with other honors students facilitates interactions and relationships between students that carry over into the classrooms, further enhancing students’ learning. Students can easily collaborate on course materials, have quick access to faculty and staff, and participate in other unique opportunities, such as the ANCHOR Community Council from the comforts of their buildings.
For specific housing details and the differences between our options please see our housing information page.
Which Math course should I take?
Our goal is that during your first year at GVSU, you enroll in the correct mathematics or statistics course that fits your academic plans and your background. As a first step, when you are admitted, an initial mathematics placement is determined based on your mathematics subscore on the ACT or SAT exam. There are four possible initial placements:
- Ready for MTH 097: You may directly enroll in MTH 097.
- Ready for MTH 110: You may directly enroll in MTH 097 or MTH 110. Note that if you have already fulfilled the General Education Mathematical Sciences foundation category through AP or transfer credit, you may not need to take MTH 110, even if your placements if MTH 110. Ask your orientation advisor for more information.
- Ready for Courses Requiring Introductory Mathematics: You may directly enroll into the following courses in the General Education Mathematical Sciences category: CIS 160, GPY 200, MTH 122, 125, 131, or 221, PHI 103, or STA 215. The choice of course depends on your major and your interests. If you are planning on taking MTH 122, 125, 131, or 221, you are strongly suggested to enroll into these courses as early as possible in your undergraduate studies.
- Ready for Courses Requiring Advanced Mathematics: You may directly enroll into any of the courses in the General Education Mathematical Sciences category, which are CIS 160, MTH 122, 123, 125, 131, 201, or 221, PHI 103, GPY 200, or STA 215. The choice of course depends on your major and interests.
How do I fulfill my WRT 150 requirement?
WRT 150 can be fulfilled by earning a 4 or better on the AP test, or by completing an Honors Foundational Interdisciplinary sequence with a B or better average.
How do I fulfill my SWS requirements?
Supplemental Writing Skills (SWS) are fulfilled through the completion of an Honors Foundational Interdisciplinary sequence with a B or better average and an Honors Junior Seminar.
Do I have to take an Honors Course every semester?
No. You do not have to be enrolled in an Honors course every semester to remain in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.
What do I do if I want to drop the Frederik Meijer Honors College?
Students must inform the Meijer Honors College of their wish to drop in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Students wishing to withdraw from Honors are strongly urged to meet with the Meijer Honors College Director. Students should also make an appointment with an academic advisor to review the requirements for the general education curriculum.
Am I required to maintain a certain GPA?
Honors students are required to maintain a 3.2 GPA in order to remain in good standing in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.
What if my GPA drops below that?
When a student's cumulative GPA drops below 3.2, but is higher than 2.8, the student is placed on probation within the Meijer Honors College. A student on probation has 12 months to regain the required 3.2 GPA to remain in Honors. If the GPA is below 3.2 after 12 months, the student is dismissed from Honors and needs to meet with an academic advisor to review the general education requirements.
If I have been dismissed from the Frederik Meijer Honors College due to grades, can I re-apply?
Yes. A student can apply for re-admission after completing two consecutive semesters in which the cumulative GPA has been 3.2 or higher.
What is HNR 499?
HNR 499 is your Honors Senior Project. It provides for the opportunity to study an area of interest in a sustained and in-depth exploration; learn more about your chosen field; make stronger connections to professionals in the field; hone research, writing, and critical thinking skills; create a tangible, substantive accomplishment you can feel proud about and can discuss in job interviews, letters of application, and graduate school applications; or do work which will make you more competitive for grants, fellowships, graduate schools, or employment.
How do I register for HNR 499?
After finding a faculty advisor, discussing your project, and deciding how many credits it will be, you will need to fill out a Senior Project Proposal Form which you complete in consultation with a faculty advisor. When you submit the form, your advisor will approve it and it will be sent to the Honors Director. After your project has been approved, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register. Feel free to contact the Honors Director if you have further questions.
How do I register to graduate?
When you plan to graduate, you must fill out a graduation request card at the Registrar's windows in Student Services so that your transcripts can be audited. In order to have the Frederik Meijer Honors College designation on your diploma and transcripts, you must also email the Honors Office at email@example.com and inform the office the semester before of your plans to graduate.
How do I know if I have all my requirements completed?
You can either stop by the Honors Office in the Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and request an update on your completion of the requirements.